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Industrial hemp rule delays may mean no Butte County crop this year

“The only thing we are lacking is regulation,” Mendoza told the board.

The feds plan to have rules completed by fall to govern the 2020 growing season, but allowed states to develop interim rules for this year.

The state Department of Food and Agriculture submitted a set of rules last Nov. 11 to the Office of Administrative Law, seeking to have them approved by April 2. It now appears the rules might not be approved until May 28, and wouldn’t go into effect until July 1.

That would be too late for this year, Mendoza told the board. With a four-month growing period, the crop would really need to be in the ground by May or June.

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